Jesus Christ, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, is also the Lamb of God.
The Lamb has power to control, to govern, to conquer. He also has power to heal, to bless, to free, to strengthen. His power is unequaled, unrivaled, unlimited. To Him belongs power. All power and all authority.
Civil authority gets its power from the Lamb. Not from the people, not from the Constitution, not from the military. From the Lamb. Period.
"Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God" (Romans 13:1).
So obeying civil authorities is obeying the Lamb. Honoring them is honoring the Lamb. I want to do better at this, especially in my attitudes toward certain people wielding political authority.
"Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation" (Romans 13:2).
In obeying and honoring human authority, though, remember not to disobey and dishonor the Sovereign One. Never, ever go against the highest power in order to honor and submit to a lower power. Never.
Only the Sovereign Lamb is worthy to receive unqualified honor, submission, and obedience! Christ alone is worthy!
May the Lamb's power be over us, in us, and through us.
Sunday School Lessons Spring 2014 Quarter 2, 2014 4-214.html CLP: The Believer and the State International: Worthy Is the Lamb